How good and pleasant it is when God’s People live together in unity!
The Psalm-writer expresses, in this very clear statement, the desire God has for each of us in our relationships – in our families, and in our church family; and in our spheres of influence in this community.
The days and months following the departure of Pastor Mark Drengler, who followed the Lord’s Call to a community of faith in Shawano, Wisconsin, became a time of reflecting, self-evaluation, concern, and a time of opportunity for individuals in the faith community at Resurrection Lutheran Church to step forward and offer their gifts, talents, time, and treasures.
This is not unlike the period experienced by the disciples and the early Church which followed our risen Lord Jesus Christ’s Ascension into Heaven.
Jesus knew of their circumstances – and He knows our situation.
And so He prayed for the Early Church – and for us:
[I pray] that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I Am in You.
May they also be in Us...
Similarly, just as the disciples “…all joined together constantly in prayer,” (Acts 1:14a); we at Resurrection Lutheran Church are continually joining together in prayer to lift up each other and to seek the Guidance of the Holy Spirit in all our endeavors; the gathered assembly of Worshippers join together weekly in prayer and petition; small groups and other prayer groups are also sharing in seeking the Will of the Lord.
So, why is it important – during these warm, relaxing Summer days – that we faithfully attend Worship Services and support the ministries of service and outreach at Resurrection Lutheran Church?
Acts 2:42, 46-47 [Like the disciples, so we…]
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
We are in a period of discernment, which – after the Holy Spirit works to bring the Senior Pastor the Lord has pre-ordained to serve as the shepherd of His flock here at Resurrection Lutheran Church – will become a period of transition.
During this period, it is important that we each take seriously the inspired exhortations of Paul:
1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
And so we continue to pray that this confessional community of faith at Resurrection Lutheran Church work together and exemplify the spirit of unity – especially during the interim.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the people You have divinely placed in our lives who speak truth, love, and words of wisdom. Give us a heart of discernment to know when You are using someone to speak guidance into our hearts and our circumstances; and give us the strength and courage to follow the Leading of Your Holy Spirit, even when it’s hard – or different then what we desire. Fill us with peace in knowing that You work good in all things through Jesus Christ our Lord. In His Name we pray, Amen.
- Bob Unger, Director of Worship and Music